Rebecca Fox

Coastal reserve may help Purakaunui deadlock

A Purakaunui landowner is proposing a coastal reserve around Potato Point could be a compromise which could break the deadlock over development on the headland.

More didymo research wanted

Fish and Game Otago is to appeal to its national body to support research into the impact of didymo on the Upper Clutha.

Divided view on valuing sport fishery

Divided view on valuing sport fishery

A suggestion a report on the economic value of New Zealand's sport fishery is needed has caused some controversy within Fish and Game.

ORC backs own air-quality plan

ORC backs own air-quality plan

Proposals to amend national air-quality standards are not a ticket to "get out of jail" for Otago residents needing to meet the region's more stringent requirements, Otago Regional councillor Duncan Butcher says.

Rabbit control 'quite critical'

It is "quite critical" the Otago Regional Council pushes ahead with its efforts to further the investigation of rabbit control methods as quickly as possible, Cr Stephen Woodhead said.

Inquiry into aerial rat poison spill

Inquiry into aerial rat poison spill

An investigation has been launched after bait pellets laced with rat poison fell from a helicopter into a lake on a remote Fiordland island during a Department of Conservation poisoning operation.

Headquarters hot issue

Otago Regional Council might have "pulled back" from its multimillion-dollar waterfront building, but it still desperately needs a more suitable premises, Cr Michael Deaker says.

Concerns over continuing sea-lion population decline

Unless a recent change in the New Zealand sea lion's status to the highest risk of extinction leads to ways to reduce it becoming bycatch at sea, the population will continue to decline, the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust says.

Anger over floodgate risk

A group of Taieri upper pond ratepayers claim their lives and livelihoods were put at "unnecessary risk" by the early dropping of flood gates without consultation during last month's floods.

ORC nil increase adopted

The Otago Regional Council has adopted its annual plan for the 2010-11 year and the resulting rating resolution which was described by corporate services director Wayne Scott as mostly "business as usual".